"Never get involved in a land war in Asia.” So went the taunt in the 1987 film The Princess Bride, a comic adventure brimming with clever one-liners. Far from avoiding land war in Asia, we have jumped in repeatedly with both feet, both hands and all the gusto we could muster. In information technology-speak, when it comes to U.S. strategy, fighting on Asian terrain appears to be a feature, not a bug.
As the U.S. Navy modernizes information systems across the fleet, one organization is responsible for researching, developing and fielding the full range of technologies in the Asia-Pacific region, providing complete life cycle development and support for systems, from concept to fielded capability.
The U.S. strategic rebalance toward the Asia-Pacific region is being challenged by internal and external developments that are changing how the U.S. Pacific Command carries out its missions. Internal developments include budgetary pressures and local disputes. External developments include terrorism that could be migrating into the vast region.
There are no do-overs when it comes to safeguarding the U.S. military’s sensitive data. With that key, concise and blunt notion in mind, defense leaders say they are taking a slow, methodical, multipronged approach as the Defense Information Systems Agency develops a cloud security model for the whole of the Defense Department.
Multiple autonomous underwater vehicles equipped with modern sensors relevant to NATO minehunting missions are being employed at sea during the Multinational AutoNomy Experiment (MANEX ‘14), held September 22 to October 13, 2014, along the Italian coast, between Framura and Bonassola, in the Ligurian Sea.
Raytheon Technical Services Company, Indianapolis, was awarded a $48,000,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for technical and system integration and software maintenance in support of PM Air Warrior. Work and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 28, 2019. Bids were solicited, with one received. The Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal (Aviation), Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-14-D-0158).
The McKenna Principals Incorporated, Woodbridge, Virginia, has been awarded a $9,448,830 cost-plus fixed-fee contract for software development. This contract provides for development, testing and demonstration of software and architecture for the Department of Homeland Security. Work will be performed at Woodbridge, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., with an expected completion date of September 30, 2017. Fiscal 2014 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $3,295,750 are being obligated at the time of award.
Boeing Aerospace Operations, Oklahoma City, has been awarded a $9,774,956 modification (P00204) to previously awarded contract FA8106-07-C-0001 for design and development of an E-4B low frequency transmit system through system requirements review. Contractor will provide engineering services to finalize defined and derived system requirements. Work will be performed in Oklahoma City and is expected to be completed by April 30, 2015.
Exelis Incorporated, Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been awarded a $10,460,027 modification (P00535) to previously awarded contract F19628-02-C-0010 for the Ground-Based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance (System) Modular Precision Absolute Control System Project. Contractor will provide a Modular Precision Angular Control System prototype, three refurbished mounts and spare motors. Work will be performed at Yoder, Colorado, and is expected to be completed by December 21, 2015.
Telephonics Corporation, Farmingdale, New York, has been awarded a $14,845,476 firm-fixed price, cost-reimbursement contract for Mark XII/A All-Mode Interrogator Systems. Contractor will provide all materials and labor in order to manufacture and install 13 Mark XII/A All-Mode Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) Interrogator Systems for Sweden's Long Range Air Defense Chain.
Alion Science and Technology Corporation, McLean, Virginia, has been awarded a $15,214,159 delivery order (0074) to previously awarded contract FA4600-06-D-0003 for advanced processes for persistent communications. Contractor will develop solutions to help protect the systems from environmental, chemical and biological hazards in theater. Work will be performed at Warner Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, and is expected to be completed by December 29, 2016.
Leidos Incorporated, Reston, Virginia, has been awarded an $18,999,757 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for sensor analysis, integration and test (SAIT). Contractor will provide the operational and technical analysis to Air Force Research Laboratories to aide in determining which sensor technology concepts offer the optimal performance in realistic Air Force missions.
Georgia Tech Applied Research Corporation, Atlanta, has been awarded a $25,000,000 delivery order (0277) to previously awarded contract HC1047-05-D-4000 for Communications Electronics Command, Software Engineering Center, Army Reprogramming Analysis Team multispectral sensor research and development. Contractor will establish a framework to conduct threat analysis, mission software development, modeling and simulations, validating and support of electronic warfare systems across multiple sensor spectrums.
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, California, has been awarded a $33,872,569 modification (P00045) to previously awarded contract FA8620-10-C-4000 for International Maritime Satellite/Communication Security upgrade retrofit to the entire U.S. Air Force Global Hawk air vehicle fleet, ground systems and spares. Work will be performed at Palmdale, California, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2016. Fiscal 2012 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $33,872,569 are being obligated at the time of award.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., Poway, California, has been awarded a $38,907,316 cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price order (00057) under basic ordering agreement contract FA8620-10-G-3038 for 62 ground data terminals, 50 MQ-9 C-Bands diplexer kits, spares and support equipment. Work will be performed at Poway, California, and is expected to be completed by May 30, 2017. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition.
Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Owego, New York, is being awarded $6,861,233 for delivery order 4007 against a previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement (N00019-14-G-0019) for non-recurring engineering efforts for the integration of the Digital Rocket Launcher capabilities updates into the MH-60R and MH-60S avionics software. Work will be performed in Owego, New York (95 percent), and Patuxent River, Maryland (5 percent), and is expected to be completed in July 2016.
Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), McLean, Virginia, is being awarded a $12,244,245 cost-plus-fixed fee contract for Mine Warfare and Environmental Decision Aids Library (MEDAL) in support of the Mine Warfare Program Office, under Program Executive Office, Littoral Combat Ships. The MEDAL system provides mine warfare situational awareness, mission planning/evaluation, and asset management software to support existing and emerging mine warfare missions, users, and systems.
Northrop Grumman, Annapolis, Maryland, is being awarded an $18,970,332 delivery order under a previously awarded contract (N61331-10-D-0009) for the procurement of field upgradeable kits and fleet support for conversion of the AN/AQS-24A systems to the AN/AQS-24B configuration in support of the Airborne Mine Countermeasure Systems Program. Work will be performed in Annapolis, Maryland, and is expected to be completed by March 2016.
AAI Corp., Hunt Valley, Maryland, is being awarded a $33,893,014 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for the purchase of the Unmanned Influence Sweep System (UISS). The UISS is one of the systems that will allow the Littoral Combat Ship to perform its mine warfare sweep mission. It will target acoustic, magnetic and magnetic/acoustic combination mine types only. The UISS program will satisfy the U.S.
Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Moorestown, New Jersey, is being awarded a $53,595,257 modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-13-C-5111) for development and test of the Japan Aegis Modernization baseline computer programs and equipment. This modification provides for efforts to support the upgrade of Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force Atago Class Ships (DDGs 177 and 178) from Baseline 7 Phase 1R to Advanced Capability Build 12 with Technology Insertion 12 technology and capability.